If you are planning on graduating in May 2019, you will need to complete both a University Graduation Application and a Law School Check List. You can find links to both of those documents near the bottom of the page (https://www.law.pitt.edu/resources/graduation/requirements). Once you have completed both documents, please turn them in to the Law School Registrar’s Office between normal office hours of 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Applications must be turned in to our office no later than noon on Tuesday, January 22nd. Any application submitted after that deadline, should also include a late fee of $15.00. This late fee must be paid by check or money order made payable to: The University of Pittsburgh. This is a University fee and they are not able to charge your Pitt Pay account for this fee. Also, they do not accept cash. If you are not planning on graduating in May 2019, please reply to this email so that I know and can update your account. You must submit a graduation application in order to graduate and the fee will continue to go up throughout the semester so please try to do it while it is free.
A few things to note about the application and checklist:
You do not have to fill out the 3rd page of the application. The University no longer uses that page. I am not sure why they do not remove it, but you do not need to fill it out.
The graduation term is “2194”.
Please use an address where you or someone you know will be in late June/early July. The diplomas are mailed from the University Registrar late June/early July. If you are not sure what your address will be at that time, please use another permanent address (parent, aunt, uncle, best friend, etc.) so that you know your diploma will safely get to you.
The University will use your name as it appears in PeopleSoft when issuing your diploma so please make sure that it matches what you place on your graduation application. Name changes can be made at the University Registrar’s Office located in G-3 Thackeray Hall.
In regards to the Law School Check List, please fill this out as best as you can. Our office will use this document in addition to the advisement report, course description information from the Law School’s website and your transcript in order to make sure that you are meeting all Law School graduation requirements.
There are some updates that are still being made with the Advisement Report in PeopleSoft. If there is an error on your report (such as something not showing up for a requirement that you thought it would), please refer back to the course description on the Law School’s website. This is what we ultimately use when determining if a course meets a requirement so if the requirement is listed there, we will count it for that course. There is also a section on the advisement report that will say “Overall Requirements Not Satisfied”. This will not show as complete until your degree is posted in June so do not be concerned if you have met every requirement (especially when grades are in) and that section is still showing as not satisfied.
Our office will do a manual line by line audit of each student using the AA reports, transcripts, the course descriptions on the Law School’s website and the checklist that you turn in to our office. No news from us within a day or so of turning in your application is good news. We will only contact you if we run into a question or have a concern with your audit. Because it takes time to look at each record, I cannot guarantee that if you turn in your application Thursday or Friday of next week that your audit will be complete by the end of add/drop.
If you have specific questions regarding your record before you turn in your application to our office, please meet with your faculty mentor.
The Barco Law Library is open during regular library hours for Pitt Law faculty and students only. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not open to Pitt users outside of Pitt Law; and we are not open to the public.